Along with the growing citizen revolt in the form of the Recall, which is reportedly now at a million signatures, the other burr in Governor Gavin Newsom’s hide is the lawsuit filed by Assemblymembers James Gallagher and Kevin Kiley.
The Governor’s Budget, like many of his long, drawn out pronouncements, is big on splash and small on substance.
— James Gallagher (@J_GallagherAD3) January 8, 2021
In early November, Sutter County Superior Court Judge Sarah Heckman ruled that Newsom’s Executive Order which amended sections of the state’s Elections Code was unconstitutional. Judge Heckman issued a permanent injunction barring Newsom from issuing additional Executive Orders that amended, changed, altered, or created new statutory law or legislative policy.
His Hairfulness has appealed, of course, and the battle goes to the 3rd District Court of Appeals. However, after hearing Asms. Gallagher and Kiley at Saturday’s Re-Open Cal Now Public Policy Conference panel on the State of Emergency and Constitutional Rights, I, and other Californians, can be confident that their arguments will have strong teeth that will masticate the governor’s rebuttals into mush. This could finally be game over to Governor Newsom’s one-man rule, and we are all here for it.
During the panel, Gallagher encouraged the room,
“I think, just for our purposes, I think it is really incumbent upon us to all be working together from the local, state, federal, all working together to support each other to support our constitutional rights, To support our small businesses who have been devastated; that we have their backs.”
Kiley spoke thusly about the Sutter Court ruling:
“This was the first moment that the governor had had any sort of obstacle thrown in his path. What was really interesting to me is the reaction to this from people throughout the state. Who didn’t even know necessarily what the case was about, because, after all, we had just started. But they were like, What? Something happened where the Governor doesn’t get to do what he wants. Someone else’s voice actually counts for something. There was this sense of elation, you know? That maybe the Republic is not lost after all. Maybe our institutions are strong enough to get us through the challenges that we’re in.”
Media reports are criticizing me for being on a panel about changing California's COVID approach "while cases are rising." So now the state's failures are the reason we're not supposed to talk about correcting the state's failures.
— Kevin Kiley (@KevinKileyCA) January 10, 2021
I had an opportunity to speak one-on-two with the Assemblymen and get more of their insight on how we as citizens can stay encouraged, make our voices heard, and stay in the fight to see California re-opened.
Give it a watch: